These days with the pandemic causing bicycle production delays, you never know when you’re going to find bikes in stock. State Bicycle Co has just restocked their beloved Black Label All Road bike in a new, deep blue color. We’ve posted this one before but here’s a refresher…
Here’s some fresh produce for 2021: Bombtrack’s new Hook EXT Ti all road. This titanium frame gets paired with the Bombtrack EXT V2 fork with cargo bosses and beefy construction. Like other Hook models, the Hook EXT TI can accommodate various wheel and tire sizes, multiple bags, no matter the ride, and is globally limited to 50 pieces in its first year, so expect supplies to be extremely limited.
Delivery for the Hook EXT Ti will be between February and March. Head to Bombtrack to see more.
-Titanium 3Al-2.5V frame with T47 BB shell fender mounts and through axles.
-Full carbon tapered fork with internal light cable routing, through axles and triple cage mounts.
-Sram UDH derailleur hanger.
-Toptube bag direct mounts, triple cage mount on downtube and seattube for optimized bottle position, bottle cage mounts underneath the downtube and rear rack mounts.
-CNC yoke for maximum tire and chainring clearance.
-Ovalized toptube for supreme steering precision and comfort.
-Biaxially ovalized downtube for optimized power transfer and steering precision.
-Front derailleur compatible.
-12 mm through axles front and rear.
Australia’s Curve Cycles have been pursuing an expansive catalog of titanium bikes since the brands inception. The latest model is the Belgie Ultra, a titanium all road endurance bike. After their sponsored rider Jesse Carlsson’s winning ride during the 2015 Trans Am Bike Race, Curve wanted to take the Belgie name further and capture the spirit of Australian endurance cycling, so they designed the Belgie Spirit to take on the 5,545km Indian Pacific Wheel Race and celebrate the rich history of the Australian Overlanders from the 1890s. The Belgie Ultra is a lighter and sleeker sibling to the original Belgie Spirit.
Head on over to Curve Cycling to see all the updates, pricing, and availability. Lookin’ good, mates!
For $899, the new limited edition State Bicycle Co and Bicycle Nomad (Erick Cedeño) 4130 All-Road look to bring a steel chassis gravel bike to the masses for not a lot of coin. Built on State’s 4130 All-Road platform, the customer can choose either a 700 or 650b wheelset or buy both wheelsets for an $349.99 upchage. This includes both the wheels themselves but also brake rotors, cassette, tires, and tubes.
Only 100 of these Bicycle Nomad edition All-Road bikes will be available to the public.
State Bicycle Co x Bicycle Nomad edition 4130 All-Road Highlights:
4130 Chromoly Steel Frame and Fork, 12×100/12×142 thru-axles
4 sizes- XS-Lg to fit riders from 5’1” to 6’5”
Two Wheel Set Options:
Tubeless Capable 700c Wheel Set
Tubeless Capable 650b Wheel Set
$349 BOTH option: Get both above wheels w/ addition tires, tubes, cassette, and rotors. Everything you need to switch back and forth in minutes!
Bars- Custom State Bicycle Co. All-Road 1
Brakes- Promax DSK-300R Flat Mount disc
Drivetrain- State Bicycle Co. All-Road 1 (1×11 Drive Train)
Crank – State Bicycle Co. All-Road 1 (42t)
Cassette – 11-42t
Available to Pre-Order for December Delivery
See more at State Bicycle Co.
This week’s Readers’ Rides is a little different! Drew Devereux built this folding all-road bike in his garage with common tools. It’s a real hoot, so let’s look at it in detail below!
As I drive home to Barcelona from a photoshoot in the South of Spain, I dream about the next three days. They will be calm and tranquil while I worked from home. Then, my phone buzzes with a message from Mike, a friend and owner of a bed and breakfast in the Pyrenees Mountains in France. He needs help with a last-minute photoshoot further north in the Basque Country. By last minute, he means tomorrow. No time for a rest. I live for photoshoots. It’s my job. My passion. The lure of home will have to wait, as the car stays packed and continues northward toward France.
A few hours later I am in the French Basque Country, in the town of Saint Jean de la Luz. Mike has brought me to his friend, Julien’s house. It is like the rest of the neighborhood, an etxea, in typical Basque construction with white walls crossed by solid timber beams, covered with a clay terracotta roofs. And there in this iconic French village sits the subject for the day. It’s a fresh, stainless steel 2-11 Cycles. So fresh that it’s barely been out on the road yet.
With the ever-increasing popularity of gravel and all-road bikes, State Bicycle Co’s latest model is yet another geared bike, with a bit of versatility and affordability built-in.
6061 Black Label All-Road Frame
The Black Label All-Road frame is made from 6061 aluminum and uses thru-axles with 100/142 spacing, with plenty of tire clearance (700×45 or 650×50) opening the door for various wheel and tire size combinations.
Monster Fork Option:
This new Monster fork is compatible with the 6061 Black Label All-Road and steel 4130 All-Road bikes. Featuring “3-pack” mounts on each blade for racks, bottles and accessories, the Monster fork also has fender mounts and a front crown mount for racks, dynamo lights and anything else deemed necessary for adventure. Available as a retrofit for the 4130 All-Road or as a $179.99 option on the 6061 Black Label All-Road, the Monster fork is an ally for your next big ride.
-6061 Alloy Frame, Tapered Head Tube, Rear Thru-Axle, Internal Cable Routing, 2x Bottle cage mounts and fender mounts.
-Full-Carbon Fork with fender and mid-blade rack mounts, 12×100 thru-axle and internal brake routing
-Drivetrain- 40×11-42, SRAM Apex with State 1x Crankset.
-Brakes: Tektro mechanical
-Wheels: Tubeless-ready, Vittoria Terreno 700×38 or 650×47 tubeless-ready tires
-MONSTER FORK Option: full carbon with “3-pack” mounts, crown mount and fender mounts, internal -brake routing, 12×100 axle
$1399.99 Complete (with 650b or 700c wheel choice)
“+Both” wheelsets add-on $349.99
“Swap” to Monster Fork $179.99
See more at State Bicycle Co.
When we posted Gian and Josh’s Tahoe Lasso story, y’all really seemed interested in the Vaast A1 all road bikes in the story. Well, Russ from Path Less Pedaled just reviewed this bike and perhaps you’d be interested in hearing what he has to say about it. Great job on this one, Russ!
The Basso Tera looks to the rocky roads, the rutted descents, and the washboarded doubletrack and offers up a multi-material construction chassis with an aluminum frame, a carbon rear triangle, and a carbon fork. It’s available as a sporty drop bar version in raw aluminum…
… or a flat bar in a mint green. The pivot design allows for 8mm of flex in the rear triangle, will clear a 45mm 700c tire, has four bottle cage mounts and is designed to have a spacious front triangle for a large frame bag.
-Fixed pivot with 8 mm of flex
-Tires up to 45mm
-Alloy and carbon construction
-Internal cables routing
-Compatible with both 1x and 2x groupsets
-4 bottle cage mounting positions
-Built to carry multiple bags
See more and configure yours at Basso Bikes.
For this year’s model launches, All-City took their two most popular off-road bikes and laced them with Shimano GRX, a few hardware updates like thru-axles, and new paint jobs. The Space Horse GRX ($2,099) comes with Teravail Rampart gumwall tires, a new metallic pink paint job with burgundy chevrons, while the Gorilla Monsoon GRX ($2499) has a champagne gold to cream ombré fade, with big meaty WTB Riddler, 27.5 x 2.4″ tires. Both of these bikes are looking their best ever and if GRX is too rich for your blood, they also come specced with Apex (GM) or Tiagra (SH).
Head to All-City to read more!
This year’s ENVE Builder Round-Up featured two builds that didn’t make it through US Customs in time for the complete unveiling. Last weekend we looked at that beautiful Isen, a colorful build on its own, and this weekend, we’re featuring this lovely Bastion, a brand known for its ultra-high-tech frame construction by using 3D printed titanium lugs and beautifully woven carbon tubes. All made in-house in Victoria, Australia. Yes, this Bastion flew a long way to Ogden, Utah for the ENVE Builder Round-Up, but as you can see, it was worth it! See the full details below in an interview video with Bastion and a complete gallery within…
Thesis has cracked the market open with their OB1, a carbon all-road bike with all the bells and whistles of other bigger brands, at a saving in cost. They offer customizable builds, with a selection of frame colors and build kits to outfit their OB1 frame. Back in March they offered up the “Bring a Friend” discount, which offered $300 off for any referral to their email and the response was overwhelming. Well, it’s back and Thesis has a bigger team to handle the influx of “Bring a Friend” discounts.
To take advantage of the $300 deal, all you’ve got to do is simply introduce your friends via email@example.com to get started. You and a friend can introduce yourselves to get $300 off, or if you already have a Thesis, you can introduce a friend to get them $300 off.
Moots first introduced the Routt in 2014. Do you remember what gravel bikes were like back then? 15mm TA forks, 1x drivetrain had just picked up steam, 40mm tires were commonplace, and gravel races were just starting to catch on. Now in 2020, Moots has revamped the Routt family of their gravel bikes to fit the modern sensibilities of gravel riding and racing.
The ROUTT RSL will now fit a 45mm tire, has 3 bottle locations, and has been upgraded to the 3-D printed dropouts. The ROUTT 45 & ROUTT YBB now fits a 50mm tire, comes spec’d with shorter stems and wider bars.
Read all about these exciting updates at Moots.
Longtime readers might recognize this bike. I first documented it in 2015. Unfortunately, when our server crashed, we lost the images from 2015-2016, so when I had the opportunity to re-document it, I had to jump on the opportunity. The frame was built by Ian Sutton of Icarus Frames. It was designed to clear a 45mm 700c tire, and yes, those are quick-release axles! This bike was ahead of its time in terms of “gravel bikes” and it’s still alive and well, now rolling under my bud Gideon Tsang who bought it a little while back. Gideon is a good friend of mine, going on 10 years. He’s a spiritual person, a counselor, and as much of a sage individual as anyone I know. Check out this piece he wrote for the Radavist about riding bikes and embracing the silence only found on self-isolating rides…
Hydraulic shifting? 13 speeds? What in tarnation?
That’s what was going through my head when I first saw Rotor’s 13-speed drivetrain kit at Sea Otter last year. The 1×13 kit is a follow up to Rotor’s Uno 2x groupset from four years ago. Like the Uno, the 1×13 uses hydraulically-actuated shifting for a groundbreaking industry first. As you might imagine, this tech is pricey, and probably not for everyone, myself included, but over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed riding it on this beautiful titanium chassis by none other than Merlin Bikes. Check out a full review of Rotor’s 1×13 and the Merlin Sandstone Gravel bike below.
With two wheel options, 650b or 700c, flared dirt drops, a 1x drivetrain, disc brakes, and 450mm chainstays, the new 4130 All Road model from State Bicycle Co looks to be one of the most popular items in their lineup, especially with a price of only $799. No wonder they sold out already! You can sign up to be emailed when they’re back in stock at State.
Remember Morgan’s review of the Titanium Knolly Cache? It dropped here on the Radavist just a few months after the Knolly Cache steel was announced. That was back in August of last year. Knolly finally announced they have stock of the Steel Cache, including two build kits and a frameset. You can buy the Steel Cache with a GRX 810 group for $3788, or a GRX 600 for $2899, and the frameset for $1250. Head on over to Knolly to see the component breakdown for each build kit and check out Morgan’s review of the Titanium Cache for a refresh on how capable this bike is.
Read the comments here enough and any time we post a new bike from a brand, someone will complain that the largest size won’t fit them. It sucks. Being really tall, and being really short for that matter means it’s hard to find a bike that will fit you. As such, those two polarizing ends of the spectrum are a real challenge for framebuilders. Lyle Wiens is a relatively new builder. He calls himself a “hobby builder”, who is based in Manitoba, Canada. He’s built about 30 frames and he got into it because he couldn’t find a bike that fit him properly at 6’8″ and 235 lbs… Sound familiar? Check out this super rad Readers’ Rides below!